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Ingredient Innovations GRAS for probiotics P robiotic ingredient suppliers hope receiving a letter from the Food and Drug Administration may add credibility in conversations with customers. The biggest consumer product companies, such as the top 25 food companies, will not work with a probiotic ingredient unless the F.D.A. has sent a letter saying it has no objection to the Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status of the ingredient, said Mike Bush, vice-president of business development for Ganeden Biotech, Cleveland. Ganeden in August said it received such a no-objection letter for its GanedenBC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086) probiotic ingredient for use in such product categories as grain-based foods, confectionery items, beverages and dairy items. “It’s one more step toward the credibility that we need to work with the big C.P.G. companies,” Mr. Bush said. Under the F.D.A. GRAS system, companies may have experts study whether an ingredient is safe for use in certain food and beverage categories (Ganeden Biotech did such for GanedenBC30). The company then voluntarily may submit a notice of its findings to the F.D.A., which will evaluate whether each submitted notice provides a sufficient basis for a GRAS determination. Ganeden Biotech submitted its GRAS notice to the F.D.A. in 2011 under the guidance of AIBMR Life Sciences, Inc., a nutraceutical products consulting company based in Puyallup, Wash. GanedenBC30, a spore-forming probiotic strain, already is finding success in new product seen as step toward market acceptance applications. In June, Tipton Mills said it would use GanedenBC30 in private label and directto-consumer instant chai lattes, lattes, cappuccinos and teas. “A lot of our products are heat-sensitive,” said Tim Sheehy, chief executive officer of Tipton Mills. “This particular product, GanedenBC30, thrives in a heated environment.” Also in June, GanedenBC30 was added to Uncle Wally’s Smart Portion Muffin Tops, which are sold in New York and New England retail outlets. In July, GanedenBC30 began appearing in the entire Frozen Naked Pizza line. Denver-based Frozen NP, L.L L.L.C., launched the brand in Oc October of 2011. The pizzas ar available in the western are pa of the United States. part More GanedenBC30 launches may be on the way. “We should have a launch a month, at least for the f foreseeable future, at least t through next summer,” Mr. B Bush said. “It’s across the b board, from food, beverage, animal health, livestock — across the board.” Uncle Wally’s Smart Portion Muffin Tops feature probiotics. Montreal-based Micropharma, Ltd. currently is seeking an F.D.A. no-objection letter. The company in July of 2011 achieved self-affirmed GRAS for its Cardioviva brand probiotic strain (Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242). On Aug. 16, 2012, Micropharma sent a GRAS filing to the F.D.A. for the ingredient’s use in multiple food and beverage categories. Lallemand Health Solutions in February of this year announced it had achieved selfaffirmed GRAS status for its Bacillus subtilis R0179 for use in food and food supplements. The probiotic strain is resistant to high stress conditions such as heat, acid, pressure and lack of nutrients. Potential applications include baked foods such as muffins and bread and beverages such as shelf-stable juices. Lallemand Health Solutions has not yet made a GRAS filing with the F.D.A. — Jeff Gelski 40 FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® October 9, 2012

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Food Business News - October 9, 2012
Unilever may put Skippy brand up for sale
Fruit prices on the rise
Bio-engineering on the ballot in California
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Editorial - Instant noodles as single food product success
Snyder’s-Lance expands distribution in southwest U.S.
American Sugar buys majority of Belize Sugar Industries
F.A.O. Food Price Index rises in September
Sunland peanut butter recall expands
RAND study shows rapid rise of morbid obesity
Dean puts Morningstar Foods on the trading block
Chiquita Brands names Edward Lonergan as c.e.o.
Smart Balance unveils new name, new structure
Clarkson Grain acquires US Soy
Alpina opens yogurt facility in New York
Chris Solly to c.e.o. of Ehrmann USA
ConAgra to expand frozen meals production
Campbell Soup closing two facilities
Jack Link’s acquiring Nebraska facility
New Kraft seeks to unlock ‘true potential'
Mondelez establishes global ambitions
August Restaurant Performance Index rises
Hershey to source 100% certified cocoa by 2020
Kroger introducing ‘Simple’ brands
Environmental claims to face greater scrutiny
Health and Wellness - Sodium reduction remains a priority
Ingredient Innovations - GRAS for probiotics seen as step toward market acceptance
Studies focus on probiotic benefits
New Food Products
Ingredient Market Trends
Ingredient Markets
Supplier Innovations and News
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Food Business News - October 9, 2012